Chinese Broccoli / Kailaan Seeds

This packet sows up to 40 feet.
4 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Chinese broccoli, also called Chinese kale or gai lan, is widely used in Asian cuisine. The florets can be substituted for regular broccoli in many recipes. The leaves and juicy stems have a more complex flavor, sweet yet slightly bitter. Chinese broccoli is easy to grow and will tolerate heat better than many broccoli and kale varieties, so the harvest period is longer; expect lots of side shoots after the first harvest. High in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Very popular for stir-fry dishes; it can also be steamed or boiled. For a gourmet treat, lightly sauté the thinned seedlings!
$2.29 750 mg (~140 seeds)

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra

Days to Maturity: 60–70 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Probably East Asia

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–30" tall, 18" wide

Variety Information: Thick, wide, blue-green leaves on asparagus-like stalks, with small flowerheads of blue-green buds that look like small broccoli heads or side-shoots.

Attributes: Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Also, in late summer or winter for cool-season harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in fall or winter for a cool-season harvest. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; transplants tend to bolt (prematurely flower).

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"–10"

Row Spacing: 18"–24"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8" – 10"

Harvesting: Harvest in early morning if possible. Pick the center bud stalks first; side branches will continue to produce more flower buds for additional harvesting, or leaves and stems may be harvested without florets. Whole plants can be harvested just before first flower buds open if desired.

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Chinese Broccoli / Kailaan Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Grew so well

5 out of 5 stars Apr 18, 2022
I always prefer this over the typical heading broccoli as i usually have much better luck with growing this one. Our springs and autumns typically consist of wildly swinging temperatures from very warm / hot, to very cold, which has a tendency to make most brassicas bolt early, i dont have to worry so much about that with this crop since I'm mostly growing them for the leafy greens.
Justin from VA

Not typical Chinese broccoli

3 out of 5 stars Nov 24, 2022
I don't think these are the Chinese broccoli I see in the Chinese supermarket or restaurant. They look different and taste different. It doesn't taste bad, but I'm just surprised because it's not what I expected.
Vicky from TX
Owner Response: Hi Vicky, Thanks so much for the feedback and choosing Botanical Interests.

Great plant! Not the variety I thought...

4 out of 5 stars Mar 21, 2023
It's hard to explain and I'm not 100% sure if I'm right yet. But there are two plants labeled Chinese broccoli. This one is the Chinese Kale kailaan/gailan. The other is Chinese broccoli Yhod Fah. I hope this helps!! This is a good mix of kale and broccoli flavors, the later is more like broccoli.
Jeremy from NE

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